Kim Kotary

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY

About Kim K.

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Kim teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1984
Last sign in: Today

Overview

For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to find out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.

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Experience

Textile Conservator
Jan 2013 - Present
Kim K.

Textile conservator in private practice. My experience includes work on one of the largest privately held collections of kimonos in America. I restored the embroidery and stabilized areas of loss on kimonos averaging 150 years old.

I have also restored areas of loss and stabilized crocheted family heirlooms averaging 50 years old including lace tablecloths and afghans.

Photos are available upon request.

Craft Teacher
Sep 2007 - Present
Adult Day Care

Provide crafting activities for adults with special needs and a variety of skill levels.

Crochet & Knit Teacher
Jul 2007 - Present
Various

I have taught classes for various businesses and organizations

Craft teacher
Jul 2007 - Present
Hudson Guild

Provide weekly craft classes free to anyone over age 55.
We currently rotate between knitting, crochet and sewing. The first hour of our class we have a group lesson or work on a group project. The second hour of our class is independent work time where anyone can get help with any project that interests them.

Tools and materials are provided to work on projects in class. If materials are provided, only completed projects may be taken home. If you want to work on your project at home, you must provide your own tools and materials.

Freelance Crochet and Knit Professional
Jun 2002 - Present
Kim K.

As a professional crochet and knit designer, I design, construct and write patterns. I have worked with Vogue Knitting, Crochet Today, Your Knitting Life, Interweave Crochet, Family Circle, Knit 1, Crochet!, Crochet World and other magazines; Coats and Clark, Lion Brand, Caron and other yarn companies; Soho Publishing, Annie's Attic, Dynamic Resources Group (DRG), American School of Needlework, Leisure Arts, and other publishing companies.

I have also worked as a technical editor in both crochet and knit for Soho Publishing, Crochet Today, Lion Brand, Interweave Crochet, Dover and private designers and artists.

Craft Teacher
Apr 2014 - Nov 2015
Project Find

"In Stitches...with Kim K"
Learn, practice and share your Crochet, Knitting and Sewing skills in a fun and caring atmosphere. Make things for yourself, gifts for friends and family, or charity items. Get help with your own projects and learn new skills. But, most of all - be inspired, feed your creativity and meet some new friends. Tools and materials will be provided to work on projects at the center, or bring your own that you can work on at home.
Hacemos las puntadas en Espanol, tambien.

Kim K is a profession craft instructor with over seven years experience working with older adults. Students often comment on Kim's kind and patient teaching style. She is also a published crochet and knit designer, technical editor and CYC certified instructor.

Instructor
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Community College

Continuing Education Intermediate Crochet Course

Craft Teacher
Oct 2008 - Jun 2014
Carter Burden/Making Art Work

Teach full day craft programs at libraries several times each year. Senior Participants craft items that are donated to organizations like Head Start and battered women's shelters.

Assistant Workroom Supervisor
Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Penn & Fletcher

Supervised and worked with 8-12 embroidery artisans to produce high end embroidery for interior designers, theater costume and film. My personal work can be seen in "The Aviator" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," among others. My skills include hand embroidery and tambour work.

Photos of select work available upon request.

Museum Curator
Jul 1994 - Aug 2000
Madison County Historical Society

My responsibilities included educational outreach programs, collections management, giving tours of an historic house museum, managing gift shop, research assistance, fund raising, grant writing, special event coordination, public relations, development, recruiting and supervising volunteers and interns, and general day-to-day management.

Education

MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile Conservation and Curation
Aug 2000 - May 2002
Fashion Institute of Technology
BS in History with minors in French and Political Science
Aug 1990 - May 1994
The King's College

Languages Spoken

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Master Crocheter
Sep 2012
Crochet Guild of America

Certified Instructor
Sep 2007
Craft Yarn Council

Completed certified instructor programs in both crochet and knit.

90 Reviews on Kim K.

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Jackie Jun 11, 2017
· Knitting · Online Kim is great, very specific for my first lesson giving me a lot of information and specifics before we started the knitting part, I found that into wonderful! The lesson for someone who has never picked up needles before was the perfect speed. I have the lessons recorded so I can watch while I practice. Kim if you're reading this, thank you for making feel so comfortable even when I was clumsy 🤗.
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Anita L. Jun 8, 2017
· Crocheting · In home Kim is an excellent teacher and she is very patient . Thanks to kim I was introduced to crochet and have thorough enjoyed it
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Linda E. May 24, 2017
· Knitting · In home Fabulous experience. Thoroughly enjoyable and Kim solved my knitting problem.
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Lucie May 6, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
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Nadra E. May 3, 2017
· English · Online
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Shira Apr 30, 2017
· Knitting · In home Kim is kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable. I did a knitting party for my 9 year old girl and it was a huge success. Thank you Kim!
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Francesca Apr 28, 2017
· Sewing · In home Kim is fantastic! She worked with my 10-year old daughter who wanted to sew her own clothes. Kim was great about finding projects that were fun and accessible, and my daughter really learned a lot! We will definitely take lessons from Kim again!!
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Daryl Apr 27, 2017
· Knitting · In studio Very lovely person and patient to boot!
On time, upbeat and gave me some great pointers that I know I'll put to good use!

Will def. book another lesson with Kim.
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Jolene Apr 25, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio I booked Kim for an in-person crotchet lesson and knew right away she was a good fit for me. Our first and second in-person lessons were learning the basics as I have no experience. I just finished my third lesson and I am already working on projects.

Kim is very kind, patient, incredibly knowledgeable, and flexible with booking and selecting projects of interest. She can anticipate your next move and is able to read her students very early on to know where they may struggle and/or have success. I recommend Kim to anyone who has a desire to learn!
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Elise Taylor Apr 23, 2017
· Crocheting · Online Can't wait for my next class!!!
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